Gaia, created by British artist Luke Jerram, is a mesmerising seven metre diameter installation of planet earth. It features detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface and has impressed audiences across the globe from as far afield as London, Hong Kong and Australia.
The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 18km of the Earth’s surface. By standing 211m away from the artwork, you can see the Earth as it appears from the moon!
This permanent installation aims to create a sense of the Overview Effect. Common features of the experience for astronauts are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.